It is time for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard to host an Arctic forum and games at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) involving all the Arctic countries: Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and the United States. Hosting the navies and coast guards of the eight states in Newport would be a seminal forum. Such a venue would send a message to the world that the Arctic states collectively are paying close attention to maritime security in a region undergoing significant transformation and receiving global interest.
The Chief of Naval Operations and the Coast Guard Commandant should initially involve only the navies and coast guards of the eight states that have national interests and responsibilities in the Arctic marine environment; future games and operational exercises might include non-Arctic states. The polar marine area of interest encompasses coastal areas well beyond the Arctic Ocean, including such subarctic regions as the Bering Sea, Icelandic waters, and Greenland’s southern marine areas.